In the beginning, JD adamantly only wanted two children. I thought that four would be perfect. Once we caught God's vision of putting orphans into families, our plan was multiplied by God. We are currently blessed with 12 children; five biological, six adopted and one more waiting in Ethiopia. Our first adoption was from the U.S., the next three were from Liberia, West Africa, and our last two were from Ethiopia. We are supporting our 12th child in Ethiopia after her adoption could not pass court.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Over Due

While I have been writing about our trip to Ethiopia, I have missed covering several events here. For one, I missed my mom's (who was actually here helping with the kids) birthday and JD's birthday while I was in Ethiopia. We then landed on James' 13th birthday and celebrated by going straight to CiCi's for dinner. He willingly waited until the next day for his cake and presents. Something about the jet lag made me forget to take many pictures, but I do have this one, which is just enough to prove he had a birthday.

Selah turned six on October 3rd. Since we had already celebrated an extra birthday in May, it seemed to roll around rather quickly. She was most impressed with the fuss made for her.

Yesterday, friends invited us to Chuck E Cheese for their birthday, so Selah and Bella got their first introduction to what Elijah calls "the big rat." They were thrilled with the whole evening.

Selah didnt' know this little boy but it didn't stop her from joining him on the ride.
Here is the actual birthday boy, Joshua, with Elijah. Joshua and his sister, Lily, are adopted from China. We appreciate all our friends that are also internationally adopted!

I am going to work on a outside post now that the loggers are done clearing almost 20 acres. While JD is very anxious to start cleaning up the clearing mess outside, he willingly finished the wood floor trim and stairs before moving his focus outdoors.

He ended up having to tear up and rebuild the existing stairs because the over-hang that had to be removed was glued down so well that it split the stair boards when it was being pulled up.

One more major project off the building list - I'm so thankful to have it done!

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